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Areas near Downtown Brooklyn, Williamsburg the most risky for parking tickets

November 24, 2021 Brooklyn Eagle Staff
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If you’re looking to avoid getting a parking ticket in Brooklyn, you should steer clear of parking in the Brooklyn Navy Yard area, Downtown Brooklyn, and about a half-dozen other neighborhoods near the Northwest Brooklyn waterfront.

But you’re probably safe  in Manhattan Beach, Coney Island and Greenwood Heights.

At any rate, those are the findings of a recent study by SpotAngels, an app that helps drivers find available parking spaces and avoid tickets based on recent data. For its study, the service analyzed 1,235,775 tickets that were exclusively given for parking and not for driving violations.

The neighborhoods are ranked by the number of parking tickets, the amount of money paid in parking tickets, the number of parking spots with restrictions, and the ratio of tickets per 100 spots, the number that the rankings are actually based on.

Thus, the Navy Yard has 16.67 tickets per 100 parking spaces, Downtown Brooklyn has 11.23, Vinegar Hill has 9.45, Brooklyn Heights has 9.44, DUMBO 9.37 and Williamsburg 8.44.

This parking space in Cobble Hill is reserved for car sharing. Photo courtesy of NYC DOT

“Navy Yard scores high even though the number of tickets is low because there are few spots there with parking restrictions,” says SpotAngels.

Conversely, Greenwood Heights has 3.38 tickets per 100 parking spaces, Manhattan Beach has 3.52, Coney Island has 3.86, Bed-Stuy has 4.99, Mill Basin also has 4.99 and Midwood has 5.08.

Among the parking regulations considered for the survey are “No Parking-Street Cleaning,” “Fail to Display Muni Meter Receipt,” “No Standing-Time Limits,” ‘Fire Hydrant,” “No Parking-Time Limits,” “Expired Muni Meter,”  “No Standing Except Authorized Vehicle,” “Non-Compliance With Posted Sign” and others. “No Parking-Street Cleaning” was the most common violation.

SpotAngels also ranked the 10 parking spots where you’re most likely to get a parking ticket — but none are in Brooklyn. 

A scene on Bay 11th Street in Bath Beach. The area has an average of 7.8 parking tickets given per 100 parking spaces, according to SpotAngels. Eagle file photo by Lore Croghan

They’re all in Manhattan (especially the Theater District, Midtown and Chelsea) or Queens.

SpotAngels’ parking map has parking rules, rates and availability that is constantly being updated. It also shows the riskiest time to get a parking ticket at a given spot, using official NYC open data. Premium features include alternate-side reminders the night before street cleaning, and as a promotion and more. 

A parking ticket costs New Yorkers an average of $65. Between October 2020 to September 2021, there were 4,006,011 parking tickets issued in the City of New York.


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